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“clean, comfortable, good food, good service” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tarn Hows Guest House
Ranked #79 of 177 Keswick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“clean, comfortable, good food, good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

My son and I stayed at the Tarn Hows for a walking weekend. I was attracted by the positive reviews on TripAdvisor. My own experience is that despite a few negative points the stay was an enjoyable one and I rate the place as very good.

First the good points: the entire B&B is immaculate, the rooms are extremely clean and very tastefully decorated. There are hooks on the doors for coats, the hospitality tray has good quality biscuits, good coffee and tea and hot chocolate and real milk rather then powdered. There is a small but good quality modern flat screen TV and a digital alarm clock radio. The room was warm without being too hot and the bed was very comfortable without being too soft. In the ensuite the tumbler is hard plastic, not quite as good as glass but much better than soft plastic, the soap, shampoo etc are good quality. The breakfast was very good, real fruit juice (not squash or watered down juice), a reasonable selection of cereals, yoghurt and a full english with good quality ingredients. I have had fuller and slightly better cooked breakfasts (there was no fried bread, no black pudding and the mushrooms were boiled instead of fried) but it was good. The tea was good, the coffee was average. The service was very good. The host was polite, welcoming and efficient. The street allows on street parking, a rarity in Keswick. I found the cost of this B&B to very reasonable.

Now the negative points: the rooms are extremely small, too small in fact. It felt cramped. There was not enough room for a desk in the main room and not enough space for a bath in the ensuite. The rooms do not have double glazing. In practise this was not a problem but it was a suprise, there was lots of condensation on the windows each morning. The heating is controlled centrally, you do not have the control you think you do. When you turn it on it only comes on if the heating is centrally enabled at the time. The shower was rather feeble and the temperature control was on a hair trigger. This needs to be sorted. The toilet uses a feeble saniflow system so has to be flushed several times rather than just once. There is no lounge. Given the tiny size of the rooms, a lounge would have been welcome.

These negative points are quite minor and if it was not for them I would have ranked the place as excellent. As it is, it just lost a few marks. The biggest issue is that the rooms are tiny; this really wouldn't suit some people (my wife would find it claustrophobic) but we were ok with it.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2011

I have just had a most excellent weekend in Keswick staying at Tarn Hows. Didn't need to get in the car from the moment I arrived until I left, such a convenient location for walking the hills and the town itself. The hosts are most welcoming, friendly and helpful. I stayed in a room without en-suite (most of them have en-suites I think) which was very nicely decorated and in lovely condition, as was the bathroom a couple of doors down. What we all want from our B&Bs is a good breakfast and Tarn Hows offer one that I would say is hard to beat - FANTASTIC SAUSAGES worth the trip alone! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

Stayed in the superior room - beautiful decor, comfy bed and good shower in the en-suite. Quality breakfast too. Pleasant and non-intrusive owners. Andy was very helpful with tips on what to do and where to walk. Convenient for Keswick town centre just 5 minutes walk away. Highly Recommended!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David G
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

I have no hesitation on recommending this place for a stay in Keswick. Rooms were really well decorated to a high standard. Great bed. Luxurious bedding. The staff were really helpful right from first phone call right through to after departure. They went the extra mile with help if you needed it but without being over-fussy if you just wanted a bit of space too. WiFi that worked without dropping out was a plus for sorting out a few things. You dont feel cramped like you can at some B&Bs in Keswick. Good location because you are just far enough out of town to have free street parking ( as well as some of their own private parking ) but close enough to be able to walk into town in pretty much 90 seconds flat. When heading out of Keswick for a day of walking you can be quickly on your way without needing to drive through the centre too. No negatives at all about this place for me. It delivered everything you want and nothing that you dont want. It felt like home for a few days.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anthony R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

Spent our honeymoon at tarn how's loved every minute of it. Would recommend this b+b to everyone.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bozzie123
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Property: Tarn Hows Guest House
Address: 3-5 Eskin Street, Keswick CA12 4DH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #79 of 177 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:4 star — Tarn Hows Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tarn Hows is a traditional Victorian residence situated in a quiet location only a few minutes walk from the town centre, lake and all amenities. Keswick is the perfect base for your Lake District stay, and if you enjoy freshly- cooked local produce, comfortable, stylish and elegant accommodation with excellent service and hospitality, then Tarn Hows Guest House is the place for you. ... more   less 
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